Critical Linking for December 9th, 2015


What does the rest of the world see as the greatest British novels? In search of a collective critical assessment, BBC Culture contributor Jane Ciabattari polled 82 book critics, from Australia to Zimbabwe – but none from the UK. This list includes no nonfiction, no plays, no narrative or epic poems (no Paradise Lost or Beowulf), no short story collections (no Morte D’Arthur) – novels only, by British authors (which means no James Joyce).

Are you surprised that 4 out of the top 5 of the 100 greatest British novels are by women?


Today on Twitter, J.K. Rowling confirmed what we all knew to be true: Donald Trump is worse than Voldemort. The author was replying to a BBC story about how people have taken to calling Trump “Lord Voldemort.”

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Republican frontrunner.


Russian film stars, a cosmonaut and French actress Fanny Ardant are among 1,300 people reading Leo Tolstoy’s epic War and Peace live on the internet – a 60-hour marathon spread over four days.

Sounds like an epic, fascinating marathon that few people will watch. Sort of like…..well, you get it.

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